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LETTERS AND LETTERS 

31 st March, 1969 

 

My dear Doctor

I have received the recommendation from our election committee to the effect that I should appoint you as a Cabinet Minister rather than allow you to stay in Negeri Sembilan as Menteri Besar. There seems to be a lot of opposition to you there, in particular from UMNO members, who said you have not done much for the party. They insisted that there should be a change in the leadership in the Negeri Sembilan UMNO as Negeri is the only state in Malaysia where UMNO possesses no building of its own as its Headquarters.

If you agree to stand for Parliament, I shall be only too happy to appoint you as a Minister.

Yours Sincerely

(TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN PUTRA)

Y.B. Tan Sri Dr Mohd. Said, P.M.N.

Menteri Besar, Negeri Sembilan

Seremban

 

 

1 April, 1969

Y.T.M. Tengku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-haj

Prime Minister

MALAYSIA

 

Dear Tengku

After you were kind enough to meet the delegation of Negeri Sembilan UMNO, MCA and MIC members numbering more than thirty at 6 p.m. yesterday, I have only to confirm in writing my decision not to stand for Parliament and, if successful, be made a Minister.

I am unable to express in words how sorry I am to have to decline your generous offer, but there was no other course open to me in view of the strong pressure from my constituents and the present MCA and MIC leaderships to make me contest the Linggi state seat again….

With regard to the statement that Negeri Sembilan UMNO is the only state in Malaya where UMNO possesses no building of its own as its headquarters, there is of course an UMNO Building in Seremban opened by you some years ago. But this building belongs to the Seremban Division of UMNO…

With regard to your hint that I was constantly quarelling with the Ruler, I submit most respectfully this is rather an exaggerated view. Of course I have had to turn down some of his more unreasonable demands, but everything was done with the full concurrence of the whole Executive Council, as was explained to you yesterday …

Besides I had been specifically charged by Tun Razak to try and uphold the prestige and honour of the Negeri Sembilan Royal Household…

In conclusion, I would like to say that I dwell under a profound sense of gratitude to you and Tun Razak for having given me the opportunity to serve the people and the state of Negeri Sembilan in my capacity as Mentri Besar for the last ten years…

Yours sorrowfully,

(TAN SRI DR MOHAMED SAID BIN MOHAMED)

Mentri Besar

Negeri Sembilan

 

 

7 May, 1969

Duli Yang Maha Mulia Yang di-Pertuan Besar

Negeri Sembilan

 

May it please Your Royal Highness,

Before vacating my post as Menteri Besar of Negeri Sembilan, I am taking the liberty of addressing this farewell letter personally to Your Royal Highness, and of asking your forgiveness in case I have displeased or offended Your Royal Highness during the last two years.

I admit quite frankly that on some occasions when I was admiited to an audience with Your Royal Highness, I spoke and argued with Your Royal Highness in a manner altogether too frank and direct.

This was perhaps why on the 31st March 1969, the Prime Minister openly accused me of quarelling with the Ruler (“bergadoh dengan Raja”) in front of some forty UMNO, MCA and MIC leaders who were appealing to the Tengku to retain me in Negeri Sembilan to contest the Linggi state seat for the fourth time.

I denied the Tengku’s charge and said that I had never openly quarelled with Your Royal Highness and was in fact acting in the best interests and upholding the dignity and prestige of the Negeri Sembilan Royal House, …

For the rest, I vacate my post with a clear conscience. Although the circumstances surrounding my retirement from the political arena were very suggestive of a plot or conspiracy against me, everything happened so suddenly and at so late a stage that I could not fight back with any hope of success…

I am Your Royal Highness’ humble servant,

(TAN SRI DR MOHAMED SAID BIN MOHAMED)

MENTRI BESAR

NEGERI SEMBILAN

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